Nancy J. Zavada

Nancy Zavada, Founder & President

Nancy is a leader and entrepreneur in the events industry focusing on sustainable business practices. She founded MeetGreen in 1994 after beginning her career as a corporate health care planner in 1978. Nancy’s extensive work with scientific and academic organizations earned her an impeccable reputation for using state-of-the-art technology to produce successful meetings throughout the world.

Internationally recognized as a trailblazer in the sustainable event field, Nancy co-founded the Green Meeting Industry Council a decade later. She received the first “Achievement for Innovation in Hospitality Award” from California State University. Named one of the “25 Most Powerful in the Meetings Industry” in 2003, 2008 and 2012, she was awarded the “Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry” and was named one of 22 “Meetings Trendsetters” in 2015. She currently is on the Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee which oversees sustainable initiatives for 23 event industry organizations. Nancy recently co-authored Meet Better, 167 Easy Ways to Make Your Events More Environmentally and Socially Responsible and is active on Twitter at @nancyjzavada.